July 24, 2016

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More than 400 seniors attend chili cook-off in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Local vendors showed seniors what they had to offer Monday at a Senior Expo and Chili Cook-off event at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center.

The event, sponsored by Pearlview Rehabilitation and Wellness Center and KHM Travel, featured nearly 100 offerings.

Kathy Elster, left, and Patty Michael, both of Brunswick, sample chili during the Senior Expo and Chili Cook-off on Monday at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

Organizers said turnout topped 400.

“It’s been great; we were busy all day,” said Kimberly Corrigan, Pearlview administrator.

Through the recreation center, KHM travel offered a wide range of day trips for Brunswick seniors, from a $13-a-day trip to the Windsor Casino in Ontario to a $350, three-day, two-night trip to Washington, D.C.

Corrigan said about 12,000 senior trips were booked during the expo.

At the expo, seniors also had the chance to meet with local health care providers and hear expert speakers.

Patty Michael, of Brunswick, said she loved walking around the expo and visiting with the vendors.

“I loved it, I got my blood pressure checked, my sugar tested and I did strength testing,” she said. “Everyone was very pleasant.”

The chili cook-off featured 42 entries, and the seniors had the opportunity to sample each one.

The winning chili was prepared by Pam Greene from Medina Meadows.

Greene’s entry stood out from the others because it was sweet, said Wendy Thornhill, director of marketing admission and social services at Medina Meadows.

Thornhill said the winning recipe “was apparently an accident. She used too much sugar, but it won our chili cook-off at work.”

Pearlview Care Center and Willowood Care Center tied for second place in the contest.

For more events for Brunswick seniors, visit the rec center, call (330) 273-8000, go to the center’s Facebook and search for The Brunswick Tattler, or pick up a copy of the Tattler at the rec center, City Hall or Brunswick Library.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.